Boris Johnson in hospital

Boris Johnson in hospital”

On March 27, Johnson said he had tested positive for coronavirus.

Downing Street said at the time of Johnson's announcement that Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab would take charge if the prime minister was incapacitated.

But Downing Street flatly denied that the prime minister's health had seriously deteriorated, and insisted there were no plans at that point for him to be admitted to hospital.

Boris Johnson, UK Prime Minister, has been admitted to a hospital on Sunday for coronavirus.

A Downing Street spokesperson said Mr Johnson will continue to lead the Government.

It is not thought to be an emergency admission though it is expected he will stay in overnight, having been admitted at about 8pm. He imposed an effective nationwide lockdown March 23, but his government remains under huge pressure to boost the country's number of hospital beds and ventilators and to expand testing for the virus.

In a message on Friday, he said he was feeling better but still had a fever.

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Mr Johnson's pregnant fiancee said on Saturday that she was "on the mend" after also suffering coronavirus symptoms.

Carrie Symonds confirmed her diagnosis by tweet, a week after the British Prime Minister announced his own positive test in the same manner.

The United Kingdom's death toll from the coronavirus rose by 621 to 4,934 at 1600 GMT on April 4, the health ministry said on Sunday.

Shortly after the news broke, Scotland's chief medical officer, Dr Catherine Calderwood, resigned following criticism for visiting her second home and not adhering to social distancing advice.

"I hope in the years to come everyone will be able to take pride in how they responded to this challenge", she said.

She also paid tribute to everyone forced to stay at home to reduce the burden on the NHS, and to protect the elderly and vulnerable most at risk from the disease.

Some 68,400 people died after contracting the virus, while 258,500 recovered after treatment.

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